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Beauty Treatments for Kerastosis Pilaris

What to Do About "Chicken Skin"?

I love playing the role of DearSugar, even if it is just for a fleeting moment, so when team member alliallialli wrote in, I just had to reply:

Hi Bella! Seeing as about one half of the population supposedly has keratosis pilaris, but what the heck are you to do about it? One member left a comment on my profile page about a lotion from Sephora that works, but it's a tad expensive and I don't live near a Sephy...I was wondering if you could shed some light on the subject?

Keratosis pilaris, is a genetic condition of bumps on the skin, which often looks like goose bumps or acne. Commonly known as "chicken skin," the bumps can be inflamed, rough, bumpy, and/or rashy.

There is no known treatment for the condition, but it tends to reduce with age. To make less noticable: prevent excess dryness by using a moisturizing, mild soap-free cleanser, then exfoliate with a light buffer. Finish off by applying a lotion with alpha hydroxy, glycolic, salicylic, or lactic acid, and of course — don't scratch or pick. Coconut oil is said to help, too. Prescription treatments are available, if needed.


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Allytta Allytta 8 years
i've been doing all this for my stupid chicken skin... and Bella, it got worse :(((( but only on my right arm. so stupid.
nae02etc nae02etc 8 years
I have this too and just recently came across a website that puts some perspective behind treating the cause rather than the symptom (i.e. with creams). I recently learned from a nutritional expert that KP is very common among people with a vegetarian diet, but generally it can develop from a lack of vitamins A (mainly), E, B complex, and essential fatty acids. I just started taking supplements with my multivitamin to address this, only been a couple weeks, but hoping it will help. Also, just to confirm everyone else's comments, a simple cream with AHA works to reduce the bumps. I use a cheap one from Ulta. I think it's 20% AHA. It's meant for feet and tough skin but I find once a day on my arms works great.
tatsauce tatsauce 8 years
I'm using the Avon lotion right now too! It was on sale, I couldn't resist. I've been using it for about a week now. The directions say to use it twice a day, I've only been using it once a day after my shower. I can't really notice quite a difference yet. The bumps on my arm aren't as bad as the ones on my legs. It feels a bit softer but you can still see the bumps. I've tried to exfoliate with a loofah every other day while using the lotion everyday. Running out of patience here...
emalove emalove 8 years
My husband has really bad keratosis pilaris on his arms, has had it for years. I've bought him that DermaDoctor line meant to treat this condition, and it helps a little, but I don't think it will ever completely go away.
hawkfanaz hawkfanaz 8 years
Please do not waster your money on the KP Duty lotion! I tried it and it is not worth the money. It is really thick and would my couch if I sat on it within 30 minutes of applying. I got one from Avon (MOISTURE THERAPY Skin Bump Minimizer) that was $3.99 (on sale, now its $7.99) that has worked just as well, if not better! Sorry, I hate to see people waste money!! I also can't wait to try the Walgreens brand!
Leilanic1 Leilanic1 8 years
My husband has this and we seriously have been trying everything. He was going to go to Sephora today to get the KP Duty but I think I'm going to tell him to go to Walgreens first. KP Duty is $44 a jar whereas the Walgreens cream is only $5.99!
aka-Daria aka-Daria 8 years
yuck, i have this crap on my arms, sometimes they'll randomly go away and i'll have bump-less arms, but most of the time,'s gross, that's why i dont wear tanks or am never without a sweater.
Beauty Beauty 8 years
I love your suggestions. I think you are right about the uric acid, vinigrette...crazy, huh?
sofi sofi 8 years
I think the AHA is key to exfoliate. Someone on BPJ mentioned this product a while ago and I did some more research: It's Walgreens brand alpha hydroxy lotion that people rave about for skin conditions like this. I only wish I had a Walgreens near by to buy the place out. Exfoliates and moisturizes. Make a note- AHA's make you more sensitive to sun, so don't forget some type of sunblock :)
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I have this, and have a hard time not picking at my arms. My legs have it pretty bad as well so I hate wearing shorts. I just try to exfoliate and moisturize as much as possible. It's so funny I saw this since I blogged about this a few months ago!
hottpink hottpink 8 years
Lubriderm just came out with a new lotion with AHA in it. I think it's about $7.99 and I got mine at WalGreens!
gabiushka gabiushka 8 years
We started using a shower filter and it seemed to better my husbands condition
vinigrette vinigrette 8 years
Yep, Eucerin works. You have to use it consistently and over the whole area, and it improves in patches before the whole thing goes away. I may be wrong, but I seem to remember reading that the uric acid (urea - synthetic urine ingredient, not real pee in the lotion!) was the important ingredient.
terryt18 terryt18 8 years
Great recommendations. That Eucerin creme is so thick you have to work it(!) in good.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 8 years
I have this, too, and asked my dermatologist about it. She recommended Eucerin Plus, just like Bella did, but I forget to apply it every day, so I'm not seeing great results.
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